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Rubicon Project's Big Winners: Clearstone, News Corp., Mayfield

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Who were the biggest winners in the successful IPO of Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project ? rubicon project merger acquisition clearstone news mayfield winners frank addante Rubicon''s President, Greg Raifman, now holds a stake worth $11.96M; and CFO and COO Todd Tappin''s stake is worth $10.0M.

Clearstone Backs CupidsPlay.com

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Ventures has backed a developer of an online social dating and games firm, CupidsPlay. CupidsPlay said it received seed funding from Clearstone. cupidsplay clearstone venture capital funding online gaming content videogame social gamesREAD MORE>>.

Clearstone Portfolio Firm Cetas Acquired By VMware

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Cetas was incubated in Clearstone's Palo Alto offices by Sudhakar Muddu, a Ph.D. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Clearstone Gets Exit At Apture

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Ventures has scored an acquisition in its portfolio today, with the acquisition of Apture by Google. Apture had been backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Beau Vrolyk, Paul Maritz, and Steve Taylor. Clearstone was involved in Apture's Series A in March of 2009.

Clearstone Re-Ups On Biometrics Firm AOptix

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Santa Monica-based venture capital investor Clearstone Ventures has re-upped in a developer of biometric identity verification technology. aoptix biometrics identity management venture capital clearstoneThe firm said the funding will go towards product development, sales and marketing. READ MORE>>.

Tech Investor Pierce Makes Offer For Mt. Gox

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BitAngels angel investment group focused on Bitcoin; is a backer of Santa Monica-based GoCoin; and has investments in such companies as Playsino and Xfire, in addition to being involved with the Clearstone Global Gaming Fund. Gox -- in exchange for a single Bitcoin. Pierce is one of the organizers of the. READ MORE>>.

Clearstone Ventures Into Apture

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Santa Monica-based Clearstone Venture Partners is the lead investor in a Northern California firm focused on the blogging and publishing industry, Apture. David Stern and Sumant Mandal of Clearstone have joined Apture's board along with the funding.

Clearstone Gets Another Win With Ankeena

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Santa Monica-based Clearstone Ventures appears to be on an exit roll this month, with the acquisition Thursday of Ankeena Networks , a supplier of software for content delivery networks. Clearstone's Sumant Mandal sits on Ankeena's board of directors.

Clearstone I Tops CalPERS Fund Performance

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Venture Partners currently tops the list for the best performing fund within CalPERS private equity funds, according to recently released figures from CalPERS. According to the numbers, Clearstone Venture Partners 1-B, which was raised in 1999, has returned CalPERS so far 154.7

Playsino Releases First Two Network Titles

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The new games are Five-O Poker, developed by Israel-based Chiki Gaming, and Yalla Tarneed, a Middle Eastern card game developed by Yallah Games.

Clearstone Gets Big Win With Meru

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Ventures was among the big winners Wednesday in the IPO debut of Sunnyvale-based Meru Networks , a developer of virtual wireless LAN products. Clearstone was the biggest shareholder in Meru before the IPO, with 20.9 NeoCarta Ventures, Bluestream Ventures, D.E.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. told them that I had recently seen several posts/articles talking about how vibrant the community has become. As is usual, I couldn't remember where I had seen those posts. will do my best to keep this up to date.

Clearstone's Sumant Mandal On Exits, Opportunities

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Over the last few months, Santa Monica-based Clearstone Ventures (www.clearstone.com) has had a number of high profile exits in its portfolio.

Clearstone Portfolio Firm Meru Networks Files for IPO

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A portfolio firm of Santa Monica-based Clearstone Ventures , Meru Networks , filed for an IPO late Friday night, saying it is looking to go public on the NYSE. Clearstone's William Quigley sits on Meru's board of directors. Tags: clearstone ventures meru networks merger acquisition

Sixgill Raises $6M For Proximity Sensing

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Ressler was previously a venture investor at Clearstone Venture Partners. Sixgill is led by CEO Phil Ressler. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project Surges In IPO

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Santa Monica-based The Rubicon Project , the online advertising technology and exchange operator founded by Frank Addante, surged in its IPO on Wednesday morning, trading up roughly 34% in morning trading. The IPO is a huge win for backers Clearstone Ventures, News Corp., and Mayfield. READ MORE>>.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. told them that I had recently seen several posts/articles talking about how vibrant the community has become. As is usual, I couldn't remember where I had seen those posts. will do my best to keep this up to date.

BetterWorks Taps Nicole Jordan For Communications Head

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Santa Monica-based BetterWorks , the employee fringe benefits services provider headed by Paige Craig, has tapped LA technology advocate Nicole Jordan as its head of Communications. BetterWorks develops software and services focused on delivering fringe benefits to employees. READ MORE>>.

Playsino Hits 1M Installs

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The firm's CEO is Brock Pierce, a gaming industry veteran who has also been heavily involved in Southern California investments and companies.

March Capital Partners Backs E8 Security

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Santa Monica-based March Capital Partners , the venture capital investment firm led by Jim Armstrong, Sumant Mandal, Gregory Milkin, and Jamie Montgomery, is the lead investor in a new cyber security startup, E8 Security. security march capital partners venture clearstone mandal cybersecurity cyberattack software READ MORE>>.

TechZulu Presents: The Annual Startup Forecast

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28 from 7pm-10pm in Santa Monica. There will be plenty of  FREE  food and drinks! We will have an amazing treat for you all. in 2004.

March Capital Partners Backs Appcito

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Santa Monica-based venture capital investor March Capital Partners --the new investment firm led by longtime Southern California venture capital veterans Jim Armstrong, Sumant Mandal, Gregory Milken, and Jamie Montgomery--has made an investment in cloud application infrastructure developer Appcito. READ MORE>>.

TONIGHT: Brock Pierce & GoCoin Host Oakland Mayoral Candidate, Bryan Parker

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The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA

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Los Angeles Venture Investors Get Their Mojo Back

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For several years, the phrase "Los Angeles Venture Capitalist" had almost become an oxymoron. READ MORE>>. investment investor capital venture angele

Geodelic Ships Application With T-Mobile

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Santa Monica-based Geodelic announced today that the firm is shipping a new application for local discovery, along with T-Mobile USA.

Mobile Wallet Solution Kuapay Unveils New Interface & Features For User Security

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Founded in Santa Monica in 2010, Kuapay, has been steadily perfecting its product through a variety of pilot programs both in and outside of the U.S.

Geodelic Raises $7M

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The funding came from MK Capital, Clearstone Ventures, and Shasta Ventures. The funding brings the company's total raised to around $10.5M.

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc. You can go to the Hot List post to see what was hot then. Here's the rest. Here’s how to do it.

March Capital Partners Launches $240M Venture Fund

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Santa Monica-based March Capital Partners , the venture capital investment firm founded by venture investment veterans Jim Armstrong, Sumant Mandal, Gregory Milken and Jamie Montgomery, said this morning that it has had a final close on its first fund, at $240M. READ MORE>>. march capital partners venture investment fund

ThisNext Gets $1.2M More

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Santa Monica-based ThisNext , which operates an online social shopping site and community, has raised another $1.2M in venture funding, according to a regulatory filing from the firm Thursday. The funding brings the company's total raised to around $9.7M in funding. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project Up 33.60 Percent In IPO

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Santa Monica-based The Rubicon Project , which develops ad optimization technology and operates a related online advertising exchange, closed up 33.60% at $20.04 in its first day on the markets, after its debut as RUBI on the New York Stock Exchange. Rubicon was venture backed by Clearstone Ventures, News Corp., and Mayfield.

Report: Rubicon Project Nearing Deal With New Corp. For FAN

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According to a report today from Paidcontent.org, Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project , the online advertising firm founded by Frank Addante, is in talks with News Corp. Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, IDG Ventures, Mayfield, and others. to fold the firm in with the Fox Audience Network (FAN).

Rubicon Project: $100M+ In Revenues This Year, Profitability In Q4

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Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project , the online advertising optimization firm founded by Frank Addante, is on track to do $100M in revenues this year and will reach profitability in Q4, according to a blog post by Addante Tuesday afternoon. READ MORE>>.

ThisNext Buys Stylehive, Gains Funding

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Santa Monica-based ThisNext announced this morning that it has acquired fashion and beauty site Stylehive , and raised a Series C round of funding. ThisNext said the Series C funding round came from Clearstone Venture Partners, Anthem Venture Partners, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. READ MORE>>.

Geodelic Confirms Verizon Relationship

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Geodelic has previously raised funding from Clearstone Ventures, Shasta Ventures and MK Capital, all of whom also participated in that June investment.

Geodelic Wins Clear Channel

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Geodelic is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, MK Capital, and Shasta Ventures. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed.

Geodelic Updates Mobile App

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Geodelic Lands Universal Studios Hollywood

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According to the firms, the app will enable iPhone and Android users to get park attraction directions, minute-by-minute updates, and tips on shows.

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List

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I'm happy to announce the launch of the Los Angeles Tech Content Community. This is the beginning of a content community that collects and organizes the best content from blogs and web sites. The goal is to create a place where it's relatively easy to find current content and highly relevant content surrounding Los Angeles Technology.